Fortnite removed from both Apple and Google Play Stores

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Facebook joined the growing ranks of companies publicly complaining about the 30% fee that Apple collects on payments made through its App Store.

Just after Fortnite was removed from the Apple App Store, Fortnite has received the boot from Google Play Store. "If Apple or Google lower their fees on payments in the future, Epic will pass along the savings to you", Epic posted.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney highlights that the company's battle against Apple and Google isn't financial.

App stores other than Google Play are available on Android phones, so it's still possible to install Fortnite from Epic Games' launcher app and the Samsung Galaxy app store, making it less restrictive than the Apple system. The US federal antitrust probe is taking a close look at Apple's App Store policies, and Apple and the App Store are facing an antitrust investigation in the EU.

Last week, Facebook also admonished Apple for failing to approve its new Facebook Gaming app, telling iPhone users that they would be unable to access some of its key features due to the phonemaker's policies. This controversy could give Epic an excuse to launch the store on Android.

Clearly this was not a spontaneous decision on Epic's part, and Apple and Google must have seen it coming.

"We are somewhat surprised that Epic is the one that has chosen to mount the challenge as Epic also operates a digital store where they take a cut of third-party sales", Evercore analyst Amit Daryanani said.

To update/install Fortnite on iOS, open the iOS app store, and tap on the account icon, as shown below.

"Epic's lawsuit alleges that Apple has become a 'behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation, '" Ian Sherr and Richard Nieva write for CNET. But they both pointed out that their guidelines are aimed at all developers, to "keep the store safe" from security risks. The speech is much simpler for those in possession of devices Android, since he can download the game without going to the Google store. "Epic is more likely to succeed in the latter, she said", Jack Nicas, Kellen Browning and Erin Griffith write for The New York Times. With the ongoing antitrust investigations in the US and Europe, this issue has become even more sensitive for the iPhone maker.

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